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Reading Week plans fall through at the last minute? Volunteer

Projects Abroad facilitates various Alternative Spring Break Trips for university students and accepts late applications

Medicine and Public Health volunteer works on a community outreach in Mexico

A Projects Abroad Public Health volunteer assists with a medical checkup in Mexico.

TORONTO – January 27, 2016 – Reading Week is just around the corner and there are still options available if your plans have fallen through. Projects Abroad, an organization with more than 20 years of experience in the industry, has a diverse range of worthwhile Alternative Spring Break Trips and does accept late applications. With different travel options to choose from in February and March, and the opportunity to help someone in need, university students will have a lot to look forward to over the upcoming break.

2016 is gearing up to be an especially exciting year, according to Ashima Dhingra, Director of Projects Abroad Canada. “This is the first year we’ll be welcoming spring breakers to Argentina, Belize, and Fiji. In our other spring break destinations, students have consistently used their short time abroad to learn as much as possible and make as big an impact as they can. We’re looking forward to seeing students do the same in our newest destinations.”

The projects facilitated by Projects Abroad cover a wide variety of interests. Medicine or Public Health projects are ideal for pre-med students wanting to enhance their medical knowledge or medical students looking to give back on outreach activities. Early Childhood Development, Education, or Social Work majors can have a significant impact working with children at a Care placement. For students eager to work outdoors or those with a passion for wildlife, Building or Conservation placements are ideal. However, as Dhingra emphasizes, students can sign up for any project that interests them, regardless of their field of study.

“A lot of our volunteers are specifically looking to branch out and experience something new and different while having fun and meeting new people. We also find that the majority of students volunteering in our Spanish-speaking destinations seize the opportunity to learn some of the language or improve their conversational ability by chatting with staff at their placements and their local host families.”

Students whose plans have fallen through or who decide to travel at the last minute can contact the Projects Abroad Canada office directly to see how quickly staff can arrange a trip. Alternatively, learn more about Alternative Spring Break Trips by visiting

About Projects Abroad

Projects Abroad was founded in 1992 by Dr. Peter Slowe, a geography professor, as a program for students to travel and work while on break from full-time study. The program had its genesis in post-USSR Romania, where students were given the chance to teach conversational English. After a few years just sending volunteers to Eastern Europe for teaching, the company expanded to sending volunteers of all ages around the world on a wide range of projects.

Projects Abroad is a global leader in short-term international volunteer programs with projects in 30 countries and recruitment offices in the UK, Australia, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Holland, Hong Kong, Norway, Poland, South Africa, South Korea, Sweden and the United States.

For details on volunteering abroad, visit Projects Abroad’s web site at

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